Published On: Tue, Mar 29th, 2011

National Knowledge Network to connect all IITs in 2 years

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The National Knowledge Network (NKN) will connect all the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country in the next two years. The decision has been made to address the problem of faculty crunch.

“In view of the shortage of faculties, the government is making efforts to connect all IITs in the country through this Network within next two years, so that the study of the students in these institutes is not affected,” Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal said.

The minister also mentioned that efforts are on to bring out ‘Open Source of Materials’ for hundreds of courses with the help of specialist professionals.

“The Open Source of Materials will be available not only for the students of government institutions but also for the private ones,” he said.

The government will also consider introducing Master of Technology (M Tech) courses in technology institutions across the country in coming years. The move will check ‘brain drain” and will also produce faculty members, he added.

The minister said that the need of the hour is to establish higher education institutions like IITs in the country. There is a dire need to revamp the present course structure as per the global standards in the established IITs.

The Minister said that in old IITs altogether 1266 posts are lying vacant while in new IITs this number is as much as 515. The government is also making efforts to open new IITs in each and every state and Union Territories; he said adding that however, there is no proper infrastructure for this purpose. [Source: iGovernment]